Bed bug infestation

Asked April 7, 2016, 3:06 PM EDT

Best way to treat them. I have no money for exterminator service. I am 71 and receive 900 month income. So need to know what I can do.

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

First, be sure that you have a bed bug infestation. It is not enough to just find bites because many different things can cause very similar "bites". You should be able to find the bed bugs if an infestation is present (see website cited below). If an infestation is confirmed then cleaning the mattress and surrounding area is the first step. Steam cleaning is the best. Next, treat the mattress and surrounding area with approved insecticides. These steps are detailed here (note: this is my personal website, your county Extension office has additional information). These steps are not expensive but may require some "muscle" to help with moving the mattress around.